AboutGavin Schwartz-Leeper is a transdisciplinary researcher and higher education specialist with interests in aspects of representation and perception from the sixteenth century to the modern day. He has published and taught on a range of topics, including Renaissance politics, religion, and literature; historiography and genre; and liberal education pedagogies. Gavin has held fellowships at the University of Sheffield’s Centre for Early Modern Studies, the University of Warwick’s Centre for the Study of the Renaissance and Humanities Research Centre, the Warwick International Higher Education Academy, the Newberry Library, the Johns Hopkins University, and from the European Colleges of Liberal Arts and Sciences (ECOLAS).
Gavin’s first book (From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England’s ‘Other King’) was published in 2016 by Brill. He is currently working on his second monograph, The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer (Brill, 2019).
EducationDoctor of Philosophy in English Literature
2008-2012: University of Sheffield (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Dissertation Title: Turning Princes into Pages: Sixteenth-century Literary Characterizations of Thomas Cardinal Wolsey. Degree awarded 9 April 2013.
Examiners: Professor Mike Pincombe, Newcastle University; Dr Tom Rutter, University of Sheffield
Awards: Recipient of University Fee Studentship 2008-2011 (£24,000).
Master of Arts in English Language and Literature (Distinction)
2007-2008: University of Sheffield (Sheffield, South Yorkshire)
Dissertation Title: “‘With wepyng terys’: Hyperbole in the Correspondence of Cardinal Wolsey and Thomas Cromwell, 1528-1530” (Distinction)
TEFL Teaching Certificate (120 Hours)
2006: School for International Training (Barcelona, Spain)
Bachelor of Arts (Dual Major: Literary Studies/Religious Studies)
2002-2006: Bard College at Simon’s Rock (Great Barrington, Massachusetts)
GPA: 3.1 | Upper Second (2.1)
Dissertation Title: “Great Beauty Wakened Into Song: Tolkien and Mythopoeia” (Honors)
- From Princes to Pages: The Literary Lives of Cardinal Wolsey, Tudor England’s ‘Other King’ (Leiden: Brill, 2016). ISBN: 9789004317505. Status: in print.
- The Art of Richard Grafton: The Cultural Networks of a Mid-Tudor Printer (Leiden: Brill, 2019). Status: under contract to Brill’s ‘Library of the Written Word: The Handpress World’ series (series ed. Andrew Pettegree), manuscript under research.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “George Cavendish, Historiographer” in A Companion to the Cavendishes: Writing, Patronage, and Material Culture, eds. Lisa Hopkins and Tom Rutter (ARC Humanities, 2018).
- Mike Pincombe and Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs: Tragedies of Tyrants” in The Oxford Handbook of Early Modern English Literature and Religion, eds. Andrew Hiscock and Helen Wilcox (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017).
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 95.1 (2016). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VII (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org/
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper and Edward Smith, “Chapter V: The early sixteenth century” in Year’s Work in English Studies 94.1 (2015). Available at: http://ywes.oxfordjournals.org
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Chapter VI (4d): Shakespeare’s Histories” in Year’s Work in English Studies 93.1 (2014), pp. 415-425.
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Turning Princes Into Pages: Images of Cardinal Wolsey in the Satires of John Skelton and Shakespeare’s Henry VIII” in New Perspectives on Tudor Culture: Literature, Society, and Politics, eds. Zsolt Almasi and Mike Pincombe (Newcastle upon Tyne, Cambridge Scholars Press, July 2012). ISBN: 1-4438-3906-X
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Towards a British Understanding of Liberal Education” (article in production)
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “The Semantics of ‘Tragedy’ in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” (article in production)
- Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “Meekness and Martyrdom in John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs” (article in production).
- Review of A Mirror for Magistrates in Context: Literature, History, and Politics in Early Modern England, eds. Harriet Archer and Andrew Hadfield (Oxford: OUP, 2016), in The Review of English Studies (2017).
- Review of Monarchism and Absolutism in Early Modern Europe, eds. Cesare Cuttica and Glenn Burgess (London: Pickering and Chatto, 2012), in The Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. XLIV, No. 1 (Spring 2013), pp. 213-214.
- Review of Enigma and Revelation in Renaissance English Literature, eds. Helen Cooney and Mark S. Sweetnam (Dublin: Four Courts, 2012), in Sixteenth Century Journal Vol. XLIV, No. 4 (Winter 2013), pp. 1131-1132.
Gavin Schwartz-Leeper, “TEF may well end up harming the very programmes it seeks to help”, in Times Higher Education
(27 June 2017). Available at: https://www.timeshighereducation.com/blog/tef-may-well-end-harming-very-programmes-it-seeks-help
Editor of the Migration, Identity, and Translation Network (MITN) blog, available at: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/fac/cross_fac/mitn/blog/
Review: Antoninia Bevan Zlatar, Reformation Fictions: Polemical Protestant Dialogues in Elizabethan England
(Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2011). Available at <http://europeanconversionnarratives.wordpress.com/>
“Self-funding a PhD”. Quadrivium Project. Available at http://quadriviumproject.com/blog/260/self-funding-a-ph-d
Former contributor to the Routledge Annotated Bibliography of English Studies
MembershipsEarly English Text Society
Renaissance English Text Society